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Rolex Datejust 126334 New Steel 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Datejust 41 Wimbledon NEW STYLE CARD | Grey Green Dial...
£10,500
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17
UK
Hublot Classic Fusion 521.EX.7179.RX.CFC19 Unworn Ceramic Automatic United Kingdom, London
TOP
Hublot Classic Fusion Chelsea Football Club
£8,600
Professional dealer
191
UK
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5164R-001 Unworn Rose gold 40.8mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time 40MM Rose Gold Watch 5164R
£63,815
Free shipping
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464
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 Coke Full Tritium Full Set
£11,631
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8
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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV-SD New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date Hulk Oystersteel Men's Watch 116610LV-0002
£14,259
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534
US
Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver PT6248-PVB01-332-1 Good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver Automatic 600M PVD- Rubber and...
£752
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209
US
Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm W6920047 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Cartier Ballon Bleu W6920047
£5,079
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1322
US
Frederique Constant Manufacture Classic FC-750N4H4 New Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic
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Frederique Constant Classic Hybrid Manufacture Automatic...
£1,509
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374
US
Cartier Santos Galbée 2823 Very good Steel 32mm Automatic
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Cartier Santos Galbee XL Ref. 2823 Automatic Stainless Steel...
£3,759
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55
US
Chopard Ice Cube 127407 Very good Steel 25mm Quartz
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Chopard Ladies Ice Cube by De Grisogono 127407 Quartz 18K
£2,479
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770
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust Very good Steel 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady Datejust 2 Tone 18k Diamond Bezel-Champagne Diamond...
£4,462
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169
US
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01 CAR201U.BA0766 New Steel 43mm Automatic United Kingdom, Wilmslow Cheshire
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01 Skeleton Brown Ceramic Dial
£3,485
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138
UK
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 231.90.43.22.04.001 Very good Titanium 43mm Automatic United Kingdom, Stratford Upon Avon
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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra GMT 2020
£5,185
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6
UK
Corum Admiral's Cup (submodel) 40010147-V200-PN01 New Steel 32mm Automatic
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Corum Admiral Legend 32 Women's Watch Sale 400.101.47/V200 PN01
£1,938
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534
US
Omega Speedmaster Racing 326.30.40.50.01.001 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Kent
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Omega Speedmaster Racing 32630405001001 full set UK 2015
£3,295
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104
UK
Omega 522.53.39.50.04.001 Very good Rose gold 39mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London, Paris or Brussels delivery face to face only - Other countries shipping with Brinks and DHL Express
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Omega Olympic official timekeeper pink gold full set
£8,119
Professional dealer
69
UK
Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Moonphase FC-705S4S6 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Automatic FC-705S4S6
£1,433
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374
US
Omega Constellation Constellation Manhattan Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Manhattan Vintage 1985 Auto Chronometer...
£1,426
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55
US
Laurent Ferrier Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller Boréal
£33,000
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27
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner 16610 Date Steel 40mm-Blue Diamond Sapphire...
£10,666
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169
US
Romain Jerome Moon-DNA MG.F1.11BB.00 46mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
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Romain Jerome Moon Dust DNA Automatic - with Papers 2018
£5,650
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294
UK
Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Daytona Zenith 1995 Ref 16520
£17,650
Professional dealer
400
UK
Breitling Navitimer 8 M1731410-BG66-493X New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Breitling Navitimer 8 Automatic 41mm Men's Watch M1731410/BG66...
£1,938
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534
US
Rolex Submariner Date 16613 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Submariner Date Blue Steel & Gold 16613
£8,750
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714
UK
Cartier Calibre de Cartier W7100016 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Wilmslow Cheshire
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Cartier Calibre De Cartier 3389 42mm 2016 Model
£3,795
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138
UK
Frederique Constant Slimline Automatic FC-723WR3S6 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Frederique Constant Slimline Power Reserve Automatic FC-723WR3S6
£1,242
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374
US
Cartier Pasha Seatimer W31077U2 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Cartier Pasha Seatimer W31077U2 Rubber Bracelet 2790 Automatic...
£2,254
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55
US
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz CAZ1014.BA0842 Good Steel 43mm Quartz United Kingdom, London
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TAG Heuer Formula 1 CAZ1014 Box and Papers 2018
£925
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148
UK
Rolex Datejust II II Very good 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust II 2 Tone 41mm Watch-VS1 Fully Iced Flooded...
£20,584
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169
US
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier W1552851 White gold 35mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Oxford
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Cartier Rotonde De Cartier 18k White Gold - Box & Papers 2016
£6,950
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294
UK
Roger Dubuis Hommage H34 Very good Rose gold 34mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Roger Dubuis Hommage Chronograph
£26,500
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27
UK
Breitling Navitimer 01 (46 MM) AB012721-BG78-453A New Steel 46mm Automatic
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Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 46 Black Dial Men's...
£4,496
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534
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 25860ST.OO.1110ST.05 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Steel 25860ST.OO.1110ST.05
£19,950
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714
UK
Richard Mille RM 011 RM 011 Bronze Automatic United Kingdom, London
Richard Mille RM 011 'Americas Edition'
£150,000
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5
UK
Rolex GMT-Master II 16713 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex GMT-Master II Root Beer 16713
£8,825
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400
UK
Cartier Tank Française W51002Q3 Very good Steel 28mm Automatic
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Cartier Tank Francaise 2302 Automatic Stainless Steel W51002Q3...
£2,254
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55
US
Rolex Air King Precision 14000M Very good Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Air-King 14000M Silver Dial 34 Box and Papers 2001
£3,950
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148
UK
Rolex Lady-Datejust Very good Steel 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady Datejust Two Tone 18k Watch 26mm-Champagne Diamond...
£4,199
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169
US
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 25835-11-111-BA6A Steel 33mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
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Girard Perregaux Vintage Collection 1945 Automatic
£3,750
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294
UK
Vacheron Constantin Historiques 47101 Good Platinum 36mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Vacheron Constantin 47101/000P-4 Les Historiques Chronograph
£21,000
Free shipping
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27
UK
Bell & Ross Vintage BR-126-OFFICER-BROWN New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Bell & Ross Vintage Officer Limited out of 500 Men's Watch...
£1,185
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534
US
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 114060 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Submariner Non-Date Steel 114060
£11,500
Free shipping
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714
UK
Richard Mille RM 011 RM 011 Red gold 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Richard Mille RM 011 'Le Mans Classic'
£160,000
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5
UK
Rolex Daytona 116518LN Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Daytona Gold Oysterflex 2020 ref 116518LN
£27,600
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400
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 26 176210 Very good Steel 26mm Automatic United Kingdom, NORTH WALES
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual
£3,350
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104
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 114200 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 114200 Blue Dial Box and Papers 2016
£4,750
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148
UK
Rolex Datejust II 116333 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust II Two-Tone 41mm 116333-White MOP Diamond Roman...
£10,535
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169
US
Ulysse Nardin Michelangelo 563-42 Steel 35mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
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Ulysse Nardin Michelangelo Chronograph Blue Dial - Serviced 1...
£2,450
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294
UK
Urban Jürgensen Urban Jürgensen Jules Collection - Ref. 2340 WG New White gold 40mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Urban Jürgensen Jules Collection - Ref. 2340 WG
Price on request
Free shipping
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27
UK
Breitling Avenger Hurricane XB1210E4-BE89-155S New 50mm Automatic
TOP
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Men's Sport Watch Sale XB1210E41B1S1
£3,518
Free shipping
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534
US
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB Unworn Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Submariner Date Steel & Gold 116613LB
£13,500
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714
UK
Richard Mille RM 011 RM 11-01 Automatic United Kingdom, London
Richard Mille RM 11-01 Titanium
£165,000
Professional dealer
5
UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 16660 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 16660 1983 Full Set
£21,650
Professional dealer
400
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15450ST.OO.1256ST.03 Unworn Steel 37mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Blue Dial
£25,500
Professional dealer
60
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 124200 Unworn Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 Pink Dial 124200 Box and Papers 2020...
£5,995
Free shipping
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148
UK
Omega Speedmaster Date Very good Steel 39mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega Speedmaster Triple Date Green Dial Automatic Mens 38mm...
£2,499
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1128
UK
Romain Jerome Moon-DNA RJ.M.AU.IN.020.12 Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
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Romain Jerome Moon Invader Heavy Metal - Limited Edition 1969
£3,995
Free shipping
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294
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 25820ST Good Steel 39mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25820ST Perpetual Calendar
£95,500
Free shipping
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27
UK
Breitling Galactic Unitime WB3510U4-BD94-435X New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Galactic Unitime Men's Watch WB3510U4/BD94-435X
£2,389
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534
US
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17014 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust Steel 17014
£3,950
Free shipping
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714
UK
Richard Mille RM 016 RM 016 Automatic United Kingdom, London
Richard Mille RM 016 Titanium
£72,000
Professional dealer
5
UK
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5119J-001 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5119J-001 - 18K Yellow Gold - Box &...
£13,995
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290
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso (submodel) 250.5.11 Good Gold/Steel Automatic United Kingdom, London
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Date Mop
£2,995
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12
UK
Omega Constellation 1262.75.00 Very good Gold/Steel 22.5mm Quartz United Kingdom, London
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Omega 1262.75.00 Constellation Steel and Gold Box and Papers...
£1,400
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148
UK

Sapphire Crystal Watches: Highly Scratch-Resistant

Watch glass made of sapphire crystal began dominating the industry in the 1980s. This material is especially hard and, therefore, scratch-resistant. What's more, sapphire glass lets in plenty of light, thus improving the watch's readability.


4 Reasons to Buy a Watch with Sapphire Crystal

  • Sapphire is especially scratch-resistant
  • Lets in plenty of light
  • Something for every budget
  • Coveted collector's item: Classic vintage Rolex and Omega watches

Almost as Tough as Diamond

Most modern luxury watch manufacturers include sapphire crystal watch glass as a standard feature of their timepieces. The reason is clear: Sapphire is the world's third hardest mineral, behind only diamond and moissanite. As a result, it is extremely scratch-resistant. Moreover, it lets in more light than quartz, mineral, or acrylic glass, making it even easier to tell the time.

While sapphire is a naturally occurring mineral, the sapphire crystal used in watch glass is a synthetic material. Some people even refer to this colorless crystal as "sapphire glass" because it is so transparent.

The watch industry began churning out large numbers of watches with sapphire crystal in the 1980s. Before then, mineral or acrylic glass was the material of choice. Today, many manufacturers also use sapphire crystal for their case backs. There are even a handful of companies producing entire cases out of this clear material.


How much do watches with sapphire crystal cost?

Model Reference number Price (approx.)
Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire 411.JL.4809.RT 63,500 USD
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique 5015 1130 52A 11,000 USD
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1530 9,400 USD
Breitling Navitimer A23322 4,700 USD
Oris Divers Sixty-Dive 01 733 7720 4055-07 5 21 02 1,600 USD
Mido Ocean Star Captain V M026.430.47.061.00 1,000 USD
Laco Augsburg 42 861688 380 USD
Casio Collection BEM-111D-1AVEF 70 USD

Vintage Classics with Sapphire Crystal

Since sapphire crystal wasn't a common watch feature until the early 1980s, there are very few vintage watches with this material. However, there are a few notable models. Rolex was one of the first companies to recognize sapphire's potential and use it in series production. The Rolex Date ref. 1530 and its successor, the Datejust ref. 1630, were among the first timepieces to utilize this scratch-resistant watch glass. Both watches emerged in the early 1970s and are extremely rare today. A stainless steel ref. 1530 costs around 9,300 USD, while the two-tone Datejust ref. 1630 demands about 5,400 USD.

The Submariner ref. 16800 from the late 70s was Rolex's first sports watch to feature sapphire crystal. Like all Submariners, the 16800 is a highly coveted collector's item. However, at only 9,200 USD, it is relatively affordable compared to other Submariner models.

Omega began experimenting with sapphire crystal all the way back in 1932. This resulted in watches like the Omega Marine ref. CK 679, which sells for as little as 2,600 USD today. However, Omega wouldn't use sapphire glass for timepieces in series production until the late 1970s, starting with the Seamaster 120 ref. ST 166.0250. This diving watch is water-resistant to 120 m (12 bar, 394 ft) and changes hands for roughly 3,900 USD in good condition.

There are no vintage examples of the fan-favorite Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch with sapphire crystal. In fact, Omega outfitted this timepiece exclusively with synthetic Hesalite glass until the turn of the millennium. The reason is that this watch was part of NASA's official equipment and the space agency insisted on Hesalite since it doesn't splinter upon impact. However, Omega did introduce a few models with sapphire glass case backs in the 1980s, including the limited edition Apollo XI ref. BA345.0802. You can call this watch your own for some 33,500 USD.


Retro Watches with Sapphire Crystal

Since vintage models with sapphire crystal are so rare, modern takes on classic vintage timepieces make great alternatives. For example, Breitling has been crafting their iconic Navitimer pilot's watch with sapphire crystal since the late 1990s. Depending on the model and its condition, Navitimer prices range from 2,200 to 39,000 USD.

Storied Swiss watch manufacturer Blancpain has been equipping their classic Fifty Fathoms diving watch with sapphire crystal for years. New editions of the Fifty Fathoms Barakuda and Fifty Fathoms Automatique even feature a sapphire crystal bezel inlay in addition to their sapphire crystal watch glass and case backs. These attractive timepieces change hands for about 11,000 USD.

TAG Heuer also has a long history with sapphire crystal in their Carrera and Monaco collections. This material appears on their Heritage models, such as the Monaco Calibre 11, as well as their classic Carrera Calibre 1887. The latter gets its name from the in-house caliber 1887. You can purchase a mint-condition Monaco Calibre 11 with the blue "Steve McQueen design" for around 4,300 USD. Pre-owned pieces tend to cost a few hundred dollars less. If you prefer the Carrera Calibre 1887, be sure to have between 2,600 and 3,500 USD on hand.


Affordable Sapphire Glass Watches

Sapphire crystal watch glass is also a common feature on affordable watches. For example, Casio, Orient, and Victorinox all produce quartz watches with sapphire crystal for around 110 USD. Fans of mechanical watches will find pieces from Tissot, Laco, and Citizen beginning around 330 USD.

Most modern watches worth 1,100 USD or more will come with sapphire crystal. You'll find some exceptions among historically accurate re-releases, such as the Sinn 103 St pilot's chronograph with acrylic glass. This model sells for roughly 1,800 USD new and 1,600 USD pre-owned.


Watches Made of Solid Sapphire

Companies like Hublot, Richard Mille, MB&F, and Cabestan take the concept of a sapphire crystal watch to the next level. Each offers timepieces with cases made of solid sapphire crystal. Most of these models lack a traditional dial, offering an unobstructed view of the heavily skeletonized movement within.

Hublot has the widest variety of sapphire crystal watches. This Swiss luxury watch manufacturer crafts several Big Bang editions out of blue, green, yellow, purple, or clear sapphire crystal. Plan to spend between 43,000 and 80,000 USD on the Big Bang Unico Sapphire chronograph. There's also the Big Bang Tourbillon Power Reserve 5 Days Sapphire in blue or purple. This watch is limited to a run of 30 pieces and requires an investment of over 177,000 USD.

For something even more exclusive, you should turn to Richard Mille. Mille's RM 56-01 tourbillon watch boasts a sapphire crystal base plate for its movement in addition to its solid sapphire case. As a result, the gears, springs, and axles all appear to be floating in midair. Only five copies exist of this timepiece, which sells for an astronomical 2.2 million USD.


What are sapphire and sapphire crystal?

Sapphire is an especially hard mineral, with a rating of 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This places it just behind diamond and moissanite. The world's largest natural sapphire deposits are found in Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Nigeria, Madagascar, and the USA. While blue sapphires are perhaps the most famous, sapphires can come in any color but red.

However, the sapphire crystal used in watches is synthetic. It's created by melting aluminum oxide powder at 3,722°F (2,050°C) and forming it into a pear-shaped crystal between 1.1 and 1.6 inches (3 and 4 cm) wide. This material is then cut, sanded, and polished using a diamond angle grinder. The final watch glass receives a special anti-reflective coating, usually in the form of a blue-tinged film applied to the crystal. Older watches tend to only have this coating on the crystal's inner side since previous coating methods were highly susceptible to scratches. However, this is no longer a problem in modern watchmaking, and most sapphire crystal watch glass has this coating on both sides.

The main advantage of sapphire crystal is its scratch resistance. However, its hardness also makes it susceptible to hard impacts. Unlike plastic-based watch glass, sapphire crystal watch glass is known to splinter. Furthermore, soft materials like aluminum can leave behind unattractive streaks on the crystal. Luckily, you can easily remove these streaks using a normal pencil eraser.

If you're not sure whether or not your watch has sapphire crystal, there's an easy way to find out: Put a drop of water on the crystal and lift the case at a slight angle. The water will move relatively slowly across sapphire crystal and leave no streaks behind.


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